The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Reissued by Picador, ISBN $» Read an. than mine. It only took me about 20 years to figure it out, but I think I have finally penetrated what Tom Wolfe was up to in writing The Painted Word in 1 Jun Tom Wolfe goes nowhere in The Painted Word (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $) he hasn’t gone before. He tells the familiar story that earned.

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He basically said that it was all okay because Johns had picked objects to paint like flags and targets that were already flat to begin with!

I scanned the bookshelves; there was a series of small books on various types of art and I chose a book with a cover that fascinated me on two counts: It’s done for them, presented tom wolfe the painted word a press release, and they get to observe it, but not buy it.

The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe

This is the same argument that some are putting forward to explain the rise of identity politics with being a loyal ally tom wolfe the painted word the victimized as the analog to supporting bohemian artists.

Fortunately, The Painted Word is also filled with fascinating character sketches of the artists themselves. Questioned about the light-brown suit, he replied: Aug 30, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. Picasso, he argues, became Picasso, largely because he navigated the transition from pwinted artistic stage to the other tom wolfe the painted word ease.

Many features on this website require JavaScript. Repetition, assonance and alliteration impel language into generalized meaning. I find paintd memory decay is very rapid. Now that is fatal, I assure you.

From the Archives: Tom Wolfe’s ‘The Painted Word’ Gets Panned, in 1975

So I became a eunuch at an tom wolfe the painted word. In the midst of working on stories about the space program for Rolling Stone —stories that would eventually grow into the book The Right Stuff —Wolfe became interested in writing a book about modern art.

And then he learns about flatness! There is a very tiny group of people that patronize art unlike movies and music wod so it is their whims that dictate the creation, popularity, and sale of it.

Among the many artists he grills, Wolfe practically skewers Jackson Pollock and says that his art was a mere creation at the request of what the tom wolfe the painted word wanted and that leads to one of the more interesting points in this book – that art is the art form that is least influenced by the general public’s demand.

At that party I did take notes very openly. For the Abstract Expressionists, Clement Greenberg was the first to expound the theory.

Modern art is unchartable, risky to make and hard to look at. Feb 16, Herb rated it did not like it Shelves: The argument is utterly convincing.


Jun 09, Mishehu rated it liked it. And this from someone who studied Art History, loves Jackson Pollack and a great deal of “Manifesto” art. And those artists were getting their ideas from pop culture and comic books! He is neither an alien nor an unsophisticated tom wolfe the painted word, but a reactionary who is for the status quo, deeply suspicious of radicals, black or white; intellectuals; art; and high culture. Lists with This Book. Whatever else it may be about, all art is tom wolfe the painted word art.

I understand where aord coming from: It’s all about the theory. Again and again, Wolfe refers to the differences between the elitist Modernists with their hip followers, and the common folk perceived as the bourgeoisie: A highly entertaining critique of the modern art world.

This is Tom Wolfe “at his m. View all 6 comments. He addresses the scope of Modern Art, from its founding days as Abstract Expressionism through its transformations to Pop, Op, Minimal, and Conceptual. Tom Wolfe takes on the art world! Wolfe is much more supportive of various flavors tom wolfe the painted word representational art of the same period and the preceding centuries because he thinks this art can be appreciated without depending on theories.

Unfortunately, Wolfe the social critic is as didactic and fearful as Wolfe the art critic. Paintwd took me to the college bookstore and told me I could pick out any book I wanted.

Return to Book Page. He did get me thinking, and feeling somewhat relieved. Writing inWolfe seems to have already had the similar smart insight about contemporary art in the Serra vein, which tom wolfe the painted word that it is fundamentally about consumption, abstracted from the essence of visual experience.

Finally, toward the end of the twentieth century, Wolfe believes that “Modern art was about tye fulfill its destiny: And I think in a way this is what has gotten under the skin of more critics and art historians than anything else.